Presentation on High Resolution LiDAR for the Columbia Corridor: Why we need it and how we can get it.


High Resolution LiDAR for the Columbia Corridor:

Why we need it and how we can get it.


Ian Madin, Chief Scientist of the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI) will discuss basic Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) technology, give examples of what LiDAR data can be used for, and discuss strategies for putting together a funding consortium for a 2011 LiDAR flight in the Mid-Columbia, including some or all of Hood River, Skamania, Wasco, Klickitat, Sherman, Gilliam, Morrow, Benton, and Umatilla counties.


Wednesday, April 14, 2010

1:00 - 3:00 pm

Columbia Gorge Discovery Center

5000 Discovery Drive, The Dalles, OR


Thank you to Dan Boldt of Wasco County for arranging this presentation and venue.

The primary purpose of this presentation is to help demonstrate the value of LiDAR and its derivatives.  The secondary purpose is to assemble a group of interested agencies to prioritize areas for data acquisition and pool available resources with the goal of initiating a 2011 LiDAR flight in this general area.   

As most of you know, the more acres that are flown, the less the per-acre cost will be (up to a point).  This fact has spurred many efforts to pool resources to save money overall.  DOGAMI has staff to help multiple agencies contribute to one project, simplifying the process and making it less expensive..  (DOGAMI cannot accept payment from private entities, however.)

Any agency or entity that is interested in contributing financially to a multi-party effort to have LiDAR flown in the Mid-Columbia/Columbia Corridor is invited to contact me directly or to provide contact information on a sign-up sheet available at the presentation on April 14 th .   (The project is encouraged to extend beyond Scenic Area boundaries.)

The goal is to assemble a working group to hash out the details of what we have and what we want, and coordinate with DOGAMI to make it happen.   If that is your goal too, I hope we can work together.

For more information from an excellent resource see the Oregon LiDAR Consortium website: